Monday, 21 November 2022

* Path of Positivity: Winter


  Hello

Welcome to the midway reminder for the November Path of Positivity Challenge.

Our challenge is always Anything Goes with an optional theme.

This month's option is to design a project that focuses on celebrating THE SIMPLE THINGS IN LIFE.

Honours and Prizes include:
  • $6 worth of images from Scribbles Designs, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all qualifying entrants.
  • A badge for the following honours: Top PickVoter's ChoiceMost InspirationalRandom WinnerDT Delight.
 My project for today was inspired by the fabulous Tracy Evans, a stamp designer for AALL & Create. 
Tracy's video (which you can watch here) had me mesmerised and I decided to give her 'bauble technique' a try. 
I love the outdoors and though I'm not a fan of the cold weather, I love snowfall and countryside walks, so my Christmas bauble decoration is inspired by a simple woodland walk in winter time.


Inks are brayered onto the card to add colour to the background. The card is a one layer card, but gives the illusion of being three dimensional. This means that the card is flat and so is easy for mailing. You can see the techniques in Tracy's video.
Inside my bauble, I depicted a snowy, woodland scene with deer. The stamps I used are a mixture of Inkylicious, Lavinia and AALL & Create.


 The top of the bauble and the twine are doodled.


We would love to see your creations! 
Just make sure that your entry is positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some way!
The link up is here: Challenge #106 Path of Positivity.

 

That's all for today! 
Many thanks to Scribbles Designs for sponsoring the challenge.


I'll be back with a another Path of Positivity project in a couple of weeks time.

Thanks for stopping by today!
xoxo
                                                                                                                                            
I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Inkspirational Challenges #278 Photo Inspiration 25/11
Craft Rocket #98 Christmas/Winter 27/11
Crafty Calendar Challenge Nov AG 28/11
Stamping Sensations Challenge Nov Christmas Celebrations 30/11 Top Pick
We Love Stamping Nov Christmas 30/11 TOP 3
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #194 AG 03/12
Dragonfly Dreams Christmas 01/12
Creative Moments #240 Winter 10/12

I read and appreciate all your comments. 
xoxo

Vera Lane Studio: Seniors


 Hello

It's my DT at Vera Lane Studio and I have a postcard featuring two of the seniors, Esther Jean and Agnes Rose.


I used Copics and Polychromo pencils for colouring the images and popped them on an inky background,  printed with a stamping block. I added some tone on tone background stamping, using Janet's Background Noise stamp set from AALL & Create, and stamped in black around the edges. I used torn washi tape for grounding. I cut the sentiment, which I whole-heartedly identify with, into strips and outlined it in black fine liner.

Esther Jean                   Agnes Rose

  
That's all for now.

I hope you'll come along and play on Vera Lane. It's such a friendly, fun place to be!

  

Here's all the info you need:

AALL & Create carry Janet's clear stamp sets, stencils and Washi Tape. 
A list of stockists can be found here.

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Dream Valley #282 AG 27/11 Top 3
Pammie Iinky Pinkies #2247 AG 27/11
A Perfect Time to Craft Nov AG 28/11
613 Avenue Create Nov AG 01/12
Creative Fingers #243 AG 01/12
A Gem of a Challenge #24 AG 02/12

Thanks for stopping by today.

xoxo

Sunday, 20 November 2022

Gecko Galz: Retro Snowy Christmas

Hello

November is well and teeny underway and we have our ongoing monthly customer challenge at the Gecko Galz blog.  
The theme this month is Retro Christmas.

As always, we have the monthly Image Challenge, the monthly Christmas Image Challenge, the monthly Stamp Challenge, a Steampunk challenge and a Gothic Challenge on the blog, as well as 4 Facebook challenges. 
We hope you can find some time to join in the fun.

The winner of the Customer challenge will get a $25 Gecko Galz Etsy Store voucher and the runner up a $12 voucher. There are plenty of free Gecko Galz images if you don't already own any. Each blog post has a free image to collect and, if you sign up for the monthly newsletter, there is the chance to claim a free collage set each month.  Also if you make any purchase of $2 or more you receive a free image.
 
I've been having some retro fun with retro Gecko Galz images. 
I made 2 snowmen ATCs with retro gift wrap style background paper. The cute snowmen are decoupaged and the snowbank is made from die cut glitter card.
The first snowmen is from the Frosty Collage Set and the sleigh snowman is from the Christmas Dreams Kit.
The papers are from the Retro Christmas ATC Collection.


These 2 cards are simple makes using collage images as card toppers: 


The images are from the Little Christmas Ladies collage set and they were adhered onto a die cut, red scalloped mat. The papers and the greetings are from the Christmas Dreams Kit.  I added some gold mesh trim under the main image for texture and a little sparkle.

And here is the card I made for the Customer  Inspiration blog post:


You can read about this HERE.

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That's all for now!
I hope you'll join our Retro Christmas challenge where the winner will get a $25 shopping spree at the Gecko Galz shop.


The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product (this can be one of the freebies or, of course, you can buy at the Etsy store!) Also if you sign up for the Gecko Galz newsletter, you'll be able to claim a free collage sheet each month and get first claim on the monthly $1 deals!

Please pop over to the Gecko Galz blog to see the fabulous designs by the very talented DT.

We also have a friendly Facebook Group where there are 4 monthly challenges, each with a collage sheet prize. 
Do come and join us!


I'll be back on the 20th November with more Gecko Galz projects.

Here's all the info you need:
Current Gecko Galz Challenge : Retro Christmas"
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Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo

I'd like to play along in the following challenges:

Craft Rocket Challenges #98 Christmas/Winter 27/11
Unicorn Challenge #82 Christmas is Coming 31/11
Pearly Sparkles #79 Merry Christmas 28/11
Crafty Friends #161 Christmas 28/11
A Perfect Time to Craft Nov AG 28/11
DragonflyDreams Christmas 01/12
Creative Moments #240 Winter 10/12 Honourable Mention
I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 
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Monday, 14 November 2022

Vera Lane Studio: Santa's Favourite


 Hello

As we welcome a new week it's my DT day at Vera Lane Studio and we have a new release today. It's a Christmas digi set called Santa's Favourite and it feature a cute girl elf and her dachshund as well as two sentiments.

I made a card:


The background was a mono print using Distress Oxides and an acrylic block. I added a little of Janet's AALL & Create 'Background Noise' stamps, using black around the edges to make a frame. The digis were coloured with Copics and Polychromos, then fussy cut and adhered onto washi tape to ground them. I added some chunky white embossing powder, cut the sentiment into strips and adhered them.



That's all for now.

I hope you'll come along and play on Vera Lane. It's such a friendly, fun place to be!

  

Here's all the info you need:

AALL & Create carry Janet's clear stamp sets, stencils and Washi Tape. 
A list of stockists can be found here.

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

INTASS #146 Christmas Card
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #193 AG 19/11
My Time to Craft Christmas Elves or Gnomes 24/11 TOP 3
Craft Rocket #98 Christmas/inter 27/11
Dragonfly Dreams Christmas 02/12
Ally's Angels #64 Christmas 10/12

Thanks for stopping by today.

xoxo


Wednesday, 9 November 2022

* Spooktacular Florals


 Hello

I wanted to play in the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity's current challenge which is Spooktacular Florals. 

I made this card:


Normally, I'm not a fan of skulls, but this one from AALL & Create looks friendly enough :)
I stamped her onto white card and fussy cut her, popping her on foam tape for dimension. I made her a wreath of stamped, fussy cut and shaped flowers for her head, adding some glitter to the centres. The smooshed oxide background was inked with black around the edges and then I stamped her a floral background. 
I love this sentiment and thought it fitted Miss Skull nicely.


Thanks for stopping by today!
xoxo
                    
I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Lost Coast Portal to Creativity #155 Spooktacular Florals 14/11

   

Monday, 7 November 2022

* Path of Positivity: CAS Floral Greetings


  Hello

Welcome to the November Path of Positivity Challenge.

Our challenge is always Anything Goes with an optional theme.

This month's option is to design a project that focuses on celebrating THE SIMPLE THINGS IN LIFE.

Honours and Prizes include:
  • $6 worth of images from Scribbles Designs, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all qualifying entrants.
  • A badge for the following honours: Top PickVoter's ChoiceMost InspirationalRandom WinnerDT Delight.
I decided to make a trio of CAS cards as technically they are quite simple to make. However, in real life, I find them rather tricky (probably because I am a messy crafter) and am prone to get inky spots where there shouldn't be any.
It is no secret that I love all things to do with nature, so I chose simple grasses and wild flower stamps from Inkylicious along with simple, yet beautiful and bold sentiments.


The stamping was completed first and I used a stamp platform to make sure the silhouette stamps and words were crisp and black. Next I used torn paper as a mask on two sides of the base so that I could make a strip of colour. I used blending brushes and Distress Inks. The cards were matted onto black card then popped onto a white card base. 

We would love to see your creations! 
Just make sure that your entry is positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some way!
The link up is here: Challenge #106 Path of Positivity.

 

That's all for today! 
Many thanks to Scribbles Designs for sponsoring the challenge.


I'll be back with a another Path of Positivity project in a couple of weeks time.

Thanks for stopping by today!
xoxo
                                                                                                                                            
I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Krafty Chicks Challenge #636 Stamp Act 09/11
Cupcake Inspirations #556 AG 12/11
Pammies Inky Pinkies #2245 AG 13/11
I read and appreciate all your comments. 
xoxo

* Vera Lane Studio: Sagittarius

 

Hello

It's time for another zodiac tag with the lovely Sagittarius from Vera Lane Studio.


I coloured this cutie with Copic markers. Her background was made with texture paste through an AALL & Create stencil which was then spritzed with all the pink sprays I own including distress, oxide and mica sprays. In real life it has beautiful shimmer. I heat embossed the heart background around the edges, added white splatters and then decided to edge with white embossing.
I added some torn washi to ground Sagittarius and dyed ribbon to match.



That's all for now.

I hope you'll come along and play on Vera Lane. It's such a friendly, fun place to be!

  

Here's all the info you need:

AALL & Create carry Janet's clear stamp sets, stencils and Washi Tape. 
A list of stockists can be found here.

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Pammies Inky Pinkies #2245 AG 13/11
A Gem of a Challenge #23 AG 18/11
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #193 AG 19/11
Welove2create #11 AG 25/11
Lets Crafts and Create #189 AG 30/11
613 Avenue Create Nov AG 02/12 TOP Rocker

Thanks for stopping by today.

xoxo 


Tuesday, 1 November 2022

* Crafts Galore Encore: Forest Friends

 

Hello

 Today sees that start of a new challenge at Crafts Galore Encore

The theme is always 'Anything Goes' and you can enter up to 3 different projects.  The challenge runs all month until mid day (GMT) 29th November.

This month's challenge is not sponsored by a company, but the winner will get a £15 Etsy Voucher to spend on whatever they like - of course we would like it to be on crafty products, but that is entirely up to the winner!

Here is my project using the adorable Forest Friends stamp set by Donna Gray, know as inkyandquirky on Instagram. The stamps are sold by Funky Fossil Designs. I love the folksy feel to these stamps.


My project started as ATCs. I made some inky backgrounds using an AALL & Create stencil with Brushos and Infusions pigments mixed together. I love the random effect this gives. Some gold splatters were flicked along with white acrylic and some black stamping was added with an AALL & Create stamp.
I stamped the Forest Friends in Versafine Nocture so that the lovely detail would not be lost, then clear embossed. I fussy cut around the image leaving a thin white border. The leaves and flowers were also created from the same set.


I added a piece of jute trim along the base of the card and trapped some gold mesh trim behind it. The focal images were popped on foam pads. I added a large gem to the centre of the flower and some tiny gems along the jute. The sentiments are Idea-ology Clipping Stickers.


Please pop over to Crafts Galore Encore to see the DT's wonderful designs. 


We'd love to see your creations.
Remember the challenge is always 'Anything Goes' and so you can create any type of project - it doesn't have to be a card and you can enter up to 3 times.

Thanks for stopping by today!
xoxo

                                                                
I'd like to play along in these challenges:

INTASS #145 Happy Fall 05/11 TOP 3
Double Trouble #124 AG with critters 07/11 TOP 3
Creatalicious Challenges #246 Fall 14/11
The Four Seasons Challenge Nov Fall 25/11
Critter Crazy #68 AG 25/11 DT Favourite
Crafty Animals #67 27/11
A Perfect Time to Craft #11 AG 28/11 HONOURABLE MENTION
Classic Design Challenge #11 AG 28/11
NBUS #44 31/11

I'd really love some feedback :)